Slidell, Louisiana man arrested in 'Nigerian Prince' money scam

01 January, 2018, 05:06 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • Michael Neu

Police say Neu is suspected to have been a "middle man" in the scheme, and participated in hundreds of financial transactions involving phone and internet scams created to con money from victims across the country.

In what has been described as a "complicated case", the police said Neu wires funds to his alleged co-conspirators in Nigeria.

Michael Neu, 67, was charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering after the Slidell Police Department's Financial Crime Division following their 18-month investigation.

The mastermind who claimed to be Nigerian royalty in order to conduct a well-known "phishing" email scam has been arrested in Louisiana.

"So-called "Nigerian" email scams are characterized by convincing sob stories, unfailingly polite language, and promises of a big payoff," reports the Federal Trade Commission.

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Though a large portion of the populations is generally aware of the ubiquitous Nigerian prince scams, some experts believe the criminals behind them intentionally make them appear fake to weed out all but the recipients most likely to fall victim to the fraud.

Police say their investigation continues as numerous leads have led to people who live outside the country.

Once the victim stops sending money, the perpetrators have been known to use the personal information and checks that they received to impersonate the victim, draining bank accounts and credit card balances.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is", said Police Chief Randy Fandal in the Facebook post.

One other scam is where scammers claim they are jailed relatives of the person who answered and plead for bail money. "Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, it's a scam". Authorities warn to be cautious when receiving suspicious emails or phone calls from unknown individuals and urge people not to disclose personal or financial information.

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